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Should Dixon Change its Speed Limits?

The Dixon City Council will meet to discuss speed limits in town Tuesday.

A recent survey by city staff confirmed what many residents might suspect: Lots of drivers in Dixon speed.

The city of Dixon is looking at speed limits around town after a survey measuring the average speeds of drivers, but is unlikely to make many changes. The Dixon City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss the issue.

The survey, which observed several segments of Dixon streets and measured the speeds of 100 vehicles on each segment, found the "critical speed"–the speed at or below which 85 percent of vehicles were traveling.

"The Department of Transportation has determined that this speed most nearly conforms to the safe and reasonable speed," a city staff report states. A speed limit is established within 5 miles per hour of that speed, but can be reduced 5 miles per hour more to account for other factors.

"This is the absolute low limit that can be enforced using radar," the staff report states. "Further reduction in the speed limit is considered a speed trap and would turn many reasonable and prudent drivers into speed limit violators."

Even though the "critical speed" on most of the streets listed in the staff report was faster than the current speed limit, city staff recommend only changing one speed limit in town, and it would be lowered.

Here's what city staff suggest:

Street Current limit Critical speed Proposed limit City justification A St - Pitt School to Lincoln 30 mph 38 mph 30 mph "Bicycle/pedestrian traffic" H St - Pitt School to N. Adams 30 mph 34 mph 25 mph "Dense residential" H St - N. Adams to Business Park 25 mph 35 mph 25 mph "Short segment" Harvard Dr - Parkway to College 25 mph 44 mph 25 mph "Unsafe speeds and inexperienced drivers" Parkway Blvd - Valley Glen to S. First 35 mph 42 mph 35 mph "Undivided roadway with minimal lighting" Parkway Blvd - S. First to Harvard 35 mph 35 mph 35 mph "None required" Pitt School Rd - Market to north city limit 25 mph 30 mph 25 mph "Distracted drivers in dense commercial area" Valley Glen Dr - Parkway to S. First 25 mph 35 mph 25 mph "Fronts city park and dense residential"

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Dixon City Council meeting
7 p.m. Tuesday
600 East A St. 

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Dixon, what do you think of these proposed speed limits? Should they be changed on these streets or other roads in town? Do drivers in town drive too fast or slow? Tell us in the comments section below.

Karin November 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
If u change the speed limits then drivers will go over that,you really cant win.I think people should pay more attention to the stop signs at pitt school and elsewhere where drivers stop,and all go at once.Its rediculous.Im Waiting for a bad accident to happen there..It really doesnt matter what the city does there are idiot drivers that cant drive or push the limits so good luck..
Eva C November 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
People in Dixon already are horrible drivers. Rolling through stop signs and speeding, so I say no.
Eva C November 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Karin, that is the worst intersection. I don't understand how people cannot comprehend the concept of a 4 way stop.
Debby Gabriel November 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
This conersation was changing the speed limits not the 4 way intersections. I don't believe the speed limits need changing, then should remain as is!
Eva C November 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes I know that. Just pointing out that people in Dixon don't know how to drive so changing the speed limit is dumb. :)
Karin November 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I agree ava..and to the drivers who are always in a rush to barely stop at a stop sign,changing the speed limit would be dissasterous.I moved here from the city,to enjoy a small town feel,but lately all I see is people always in a hurry..to be honest they arent getting anywhere any faster then anyone else.
costa piperakis November 27, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The locals(20 year residents)drive one way..new comers drive in the manner of big city driving.the pits school off ramp right off the free way is a typical example.people exiting from MacDonald leave no leeway for other.same for Starbucks.its not the speed.Its the driver.
Jack November 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I believe there was some sort of experiment with the intersections at Pitt School, Stafford and Ary Lane a few years ago with limits on left turns and such. Whatever happened to that? Also STOP means Slow To a Point (but don't overdo it).
Dan Mattingly November 28, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The comments above do not make any sense. The article is about changing one road-H street from Pitt School to A street since it is all homes and apartments, thus they are considering lowering the speed limit along that stretch. The other comments about bad drivers and the notorious Ary Lane 4 way stop are comments that belong elsewhere and do not relate to the article.
Karin November 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Well dan its just comments about driving period...doesnt speed limits and stop signs and all that fall in the same category?..

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